Robert Jackson

Agreements under threat

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There are 267 different firms employed at Lindsey oil refinery alone. Is European law keeping bosses in line with national agreements on pay and conditions? Robert Jackson reports

There have been plenty of warning signs that the process of European economic integration was likely to create flashpoints unless decisive action was taken to protect workers' interests. As long ago as October 2005, unions involved in the joint National Engineering Construction Committee published a special report entitled "Protecting National Collective Agreements in UK Construction".

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